John Hafner

Adjunct Faculty


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BUS-125  Business Law
Upon successful completion of Business Law (BUS 125), students will be able to:
  • Use criteria provided in class/textbook to compare and contrast the theories of jurisprudence and the classifications of law and how to locate each type of law.
  • Differentiate the relationship between state and federal systems, jurisdiction of courts and the forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  •  Use the rules of Federal and State procedure to demonstrate how cases progress through the court system from problem, to filing, to trial, and appeal.
  • Use the U.S. Constitution and similar documents to describe the constitutional basis for federal government regulation of business, including limits of government power.
  • Apply the various rules of ethics to appraise the relationship between law and ethics, and the interaction between business managers, stakeholders, and society.
  • Use agency law to describe the various agency relationships and the duties and liabilities of agents and principals.
  • Use tort and criminal law to distinguish between torts and crimes and describe the purpose of criminal and tort law.
  • Use contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code to distinguish between contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and those governed by the common law of contracts.
  • Use the law of business organizations to explain the various forms a business can take; the benefits and burdens of each form; and the termination/dissolution of each.
  • Use the appropriate Federal statutes to describe the major federal acts that pertain to intellectual property, anti-trust, securities regulation, employment law, and environmental law.
  • Use international law to differentiate between the application of domestic and legal principles. Apply legal principles to an international scenario.
Real Estate 193
Upon successful completion of Real Estate Legal Aspects, students will be able to:
  • Understand and distinguish among various interests in real property.
  • Understand and distinguish among different forms of direct and indirect concurrent ownership of real property.
  • Analyze and prepare standard industry contract forms necessary to accomplish various real estate transactions.
  • Understand and prepare various disclosures needed to complete standard real estate transactions in California.
  • Locate public records and other reference materials to determine chain of title and other related matters.
  • Review and analyze title reports and explain the effect of various recorded documents disclosed by the reports.
Legal Experience

John Hafner, Attorney At Law, PSC

  • Founder and Managing Director of a boutique law firm practicing primarily in civil litigation. 
  • Litigation experience includes matters of commercial contracts; entertainment; insurance; commercial construction defects; commercial real estate; trusts & estates; federal civil rights; nursing home patient rights; catastrophic torts; and wrongful death in state and federal courts.
  • Transaction experience in mergers & acquisitions; securities offerings & registration; corporate formation & dissolution; negotiating & drafting corporate contracts; and commercial real estate.
Achievements in Practice
  • Top 100 Civil Litigators (Southern California) - The National Trial Lawyers (2014 - Present)
  • Top 10 Nursing Home Litigators (Southern California) - The National Trial Lawyers (2016 - Present)
  • Top 40 under 40 Civil Litigators (Southern California) - The National Trial Lawyers (2014 - 2017)
  • Panel Attorney (Elder Abuse) – California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (2016 - Present)
  • Panel Attorney (Nursing Home Patient Rights) - California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (2016 - Present) 
  • Life Member - Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2013)
  • Life Member - Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2013) 
  • Graduate - American Association for Justice Trial Lawyers College at Harvard Law School (2013)
  • National Chair - American Bar Association - Corporate Counsel Committee, Young Lawyers Division (2007 - 08)
    Juris Doctor, June 2005
     - Moot Court Honor Society
    Bachelor of Science, Finance, May 1999
Professional Memberships
  • State Bar of California
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit